FARMINGTON – With summer approaching, locals and tourists alike are enjoying all that nature has to offer. For some, that means camping, hiking, and exploring. For others, like Josiah Wannemacher, it means doing the exact same thing he does every day: Living with the land is a way of life for Wannemacher, not just a summer vacation trend.
Wannemacher is known as a homesteader: he lives mostly off the grid, relying on what his family can produce in his garden and the skills he has developed trying to make a living as simple as possible. He recently installed solar panels on his land and his family uses a composting toilet.
Due to the growing interest in what he calls “country life”, Wannemacher is running a free workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the lifestyle.
“I had a lot of questions; there is a growing interest in my own social sphere, ”said Wannemacher. “Something like that would have been helpful to me.
This workshop is inspired not only by interest, but by a lifetime of experience with all that the natural environment has to offer. Wannemacher grew up learning to survive in and preserve the woods.
“I learned to work the land; to have a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem.
Wannemacher is also inspired by holistic health practices. Working with the earth requires an effort that he calls exercise. “Exercise is medicine,” according to Wannemacher, along with sun and fresh air. He sees himself as a missionary for the health of the body and the environment. He also understands that this lifestyle is not for everyone, and notes that it is not practical.
He describes country living as “living in a way that supports the natural world around you and yourself”.
The Country Living Workshop will be held in mid-August at his home on Knowlton Corner Road in Farmington, and will include topics such as canning and food preservation, wild foods, bush crafts. and wilderness survival, farm designs and considerations, gardening basics and seed saving. , simple solar systems, chainsaw technique and maintenance and more. Guest speakers will include David Kidd, III, lifelong lumberjack and outdoorsman, and Lauren St. Germain-Kidd, passionate about agriculture and keeper of local greenhouses and nurseries.
The event is free, meals are not included. Asked about the inspiration to host the event, Wannemacher reinforced his philosophy on truth and transparency.
“My desire is to help people become who they want to be. This workshop will build a network of relationships; a support group.
So far, 14 people have registered to participate in the workshop on the 43-acre property, and Wannemacher has expressed his surprise and excitement that out of those 14 he only knows two. Anyone with questions or wishing to register for the workshop can email Wannemacher at [email protected]